Michael Schaus - In Other News: Biden’s Disk Jockey Moonlights as National Security Adviser
Posted: 10/9/2014 12:51:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Communist China just overtook the US as the world’s largest economy. Now, given that they’re commies, shouldn’t they be sharing some of that GDP with less fortunate nations?

(Business Insider)

New York City has a record number of homeless people. And a record number of billionaires. Isn’t it curious that such income inequality exists in one of America’s most liberal cities? Good thing they elected that rich guy, Comrade de Blasio… I’m sure he’ll chase the billionaires out of there.

(Huffington Post)

Biden’s National Security Advisor moonlights as a disk jockey under the name “Ph. DJ”... (I really can’t make this stuff up.) Now if we can just give him a personal laugh track, we’ll have the beginning of a comedy troupe.

(Free Beacon)

Students were given extra credit for attending a Joe Biden event. As an added bonus, many of the adult attendees openly laughed at the prospect of a Biden Presidency. In short, most people showed up for an easy "A", or for the free (albeit unintentional) comedy.

(EAG News)

Protesters are taking to the streets again near St. Louis after another black teenager was shot by police… The fact that the 18 year old gang member fired multiple rounds at an off-duty police officer doesn't seem to matter to those level-headed looters and rioters.

(Daily Mail)

Elon Musk recently expressed fear over the possibility of artificial intelligence getting out of hand and leading to a cybernetic revolt against mankind… I am now taking bets on how the world will end: Zombie apocalypse or rise of the machines? (Survivor gets the pot.)

(Vanity Fair)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Intolerant Judge Refuses to Marry Heterosexuals to Protest Intolerance
Posted: 10/8/2014 12:36:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

The West Australia Opera has decided to cancel its showing of Carmen because they worry that the 140 year old opera might glamorize smoking. It’s not really “censorship” as much as it’s keeping our kids safe. Because, ya know: those darn kids and their operas are just so impressionable.

(Daily Caller)

Schools in Seattle are getting rid of their swing sets out of a growing fear that, under certain circumstances, kids could get hurt while playing on them. I’m really beginning to wonder how the rest of us ever survived without the over-protective Nannycrats regulating away risk.


A judge in Dallas, who has proven to be an activist in the LGBT community, has announced that she will no longer marry heterosexual couples… Because “intolerance is bad”, or something. I know: The fact that she is responsible for implementing justice figuratively makes the mind boggle.

(Liberty News)

Hawaii councilmen have decided not to name a local beach after President Obama. I suggested that they name it after the Vice President because most people are already used to walking all over Joe.

(Fox News)

An Iraqi was caught sneaking (back) into the US through Canada. For some reason he thought he could just waltz over the border with absolutely no consequences. He was probably holding his map upside down.


Michael Schaus - In Other News: Seattle Replaces “Columbus Day” with “Indigenous People’s Day”
Posted: 10/7/2014 12:34:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Rather than celebrating history’s most famous lost person on Columbus Day, Seattle will celebrate “Indigenous People’s Day.” After all, what’s so important about an Italian entrepreneur and explorer who managed to single-handedly alter our understanding of the known world?

(Fox News)

A small business owner from Nevada tried to explain to Joe Biden (over lunch) how an increase in the minimum wage would devastate some entrepreneurs. He probably would have had more luck getting the VP to understand the issue if he used Joe’s children’s menu and crayons as visual aids.

(Free Beacon)

There are apparently a lot of people who aren’t aware of the fact that Joe Biden is Obama’s Vice President. But let’s be honest: It’s probably not that big of a deal. After all, I get the feeling that Joe Biden doesn’t know this half the time.

(Free Beacon)

Roughly 40 percent of the GOP disapproves of John Boehner. It’s probably about time we dump Boehner – but we’re going to have to do it gently… I don’t want to see him cry.


It turns out that Marijuana might not be healthy for you. According to a new study the drug is addictive, leads to mental health problems, and can even cause cancer… But at least it makes you giggle and snack a lot, right?

(Daily Mail)

John Ransom - Don't Bank on Ebola
Posted: 10/6/2014 2:45:00 PM EST

Welcome to John Ransom’s Stocks in the News where the headlines meet the trendlines.

Click here to listen to Ransom Notes Radio live or for archives of previous shows.

Stock number one: Becton, Dickinson and Company

Becton, Dickinson Signs $12.2B Deal to Acquire CareFusion-- Zacks

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX) entered into a mega $12.2 billion deal to acquire San Diego-based CareFusion Corporation (CFN) in an attempt to create a globally leading entity in the medication management and patient safety solutions market. The agreement, unanimously approved by the boards of both companies, marks the latest multibillion-dollar healthcare sector deal.

Symbol: BDX

Trailing PE: 25; Forward PE: 18

PEG: 2.07

Dividend: 1.90%

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Becton, Dickinson

Stock number two: Yahoo

Yahoo under fire as Mayer faces critical moment--San Jose Mercury

The combination of a large pile of cash from the stock sale and tepid growth of Yahoo's core business has investors circling. While Yahoo's share price has risen dramatically since Mayer took over, many analysts say that is largely because, until Alibaba went public last week, the only way investors could get a piece of that company was to buy Yahoo stock. Now they can buy Alibaba on the New York Stock Exchange.

Symbol: YHOO

Trailing PE: 36; Forward PE: 33

PEG: 3.16

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Sell Yahoo

Stock number three: Chimerix

FDA greenlights emergency drug use for Ebola patients--CNBC

Some people suffering from Ebola may soon receive a drug that could help fight the deadly virus.

Biopharma company Chimerix said Monday that its drug brincidofovir has been approved for emergency use in treating Ebola patients,

The move, which the Food and Drug Administration signed off on, means that people suffering from the disease can be given the pill on a compassionate-use basis if doctors deem it suitable, the company said.

Brincidofovir joins two other experimental antiviral drugs that have already been deployed in the battle against Ebola.

Symbol: CMRX

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: NA


Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Chimerix

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Keep Gitmo Open – Let’s Close DC Instead
Posted: 10/6/2014 1:45:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Mike Bloomberg was knighted by the British for his business and philanthropic work. Now he’s just waiting on the Vatican to get their act together, and grant him Sainthood. (Wait… Heaven has a ban on high-capacity sodas, right?)


Obama quietly scrapped Ebola quarantine procedures a number of years ago because in all seriousness: “what are the odds?”

(Fox News)

“Activists” (in English we generally call these people “looters” and “rioters”) in Ferguson have demanded that authorities bypass a grand jury, and just arrest Police Officer Darren Wilson… I guess due process and a fair trial are just too much for an angry mob to handle.

(NBC News)

Democrat Mark Udall weighed in on whether or not we should close Gitmo: “We can send ‘em back to their countries – no wait, we can keep the terrorists here.” It becomes pretty obvious that he has a very precarious grasp on reality. It also becomes pretty obvious that we would be better off as a nation if we kept Gitmo open, and just closed down DC for a little while instead.

(You Tube)

Leon Panetta is the latest (former) administration official to throw Obama under the bus. Meanwhile, as the Obama Administration continues to sink, the Joe Biden comedy hour keeps on playing:

(Weekly Standard)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: War on Women: Barrack Obama Has Never Heard of an OBGYN Before
Posted: 10/3/2014 12:43:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Obama introduced Eric Holder’s wife as a nationally recognized “Obi-Gynee”… Apparently he’s never heard of an OBGYN. I don’t think this guy is smart enough to run our healthcare. And, for what it’s worth, I want you to imagine that George Bush made this gaffe:

Roughly 232,000 people found jobs. Of course, that’s not why the unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent. About 315,000 people left the workforce in that same time period. I guess this is why we’re taught Common Core math nowadays – it’s easier to be happy about data like this when you don’t understand it.

(Weasel Zippers)

There was a four school shutdown on “International Talk Like a Pirate Day”. (Yes…that’s a thing.) Why? Well because some cafeteria worker misidentified a plastic sword as a real gun. I think we now know what kind of intellectual power is required for assistant chef at public elementary schools.

(Daily Caller)

No chance of Ebola in America… Oh, and here’s another potential case in Washington DC:

(NBC Washington)

There’s a $1,200 machine that can do the work of the $20,000 milling machine needed to manufacture an AR-15 from scratch. I only have one word: “Need.”


Huffington Post is arguing that “climate change” should be taken seriously, even if scientific proof is non-existent. This is cute: we’ve gone from “global warming is real according to these computer models designed by global warming activists”, to “Global warming is real because global warming activists have suggested an unprovable link between weather events and global warming.”

(Huffington Post)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: New York Reporter to Army Officer: “Get a Real Job”
Posted: 10/2/2014 1:49:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

A bunch of college kids signed a petition to support ISIS. As a side note, they’ll probably have a tough time paying off their college loans if they approach the job market with this same degree of unbridled ignorance.

(Weasel Zippers)

Slate magazine believes we should teach “Ebonics” in schools… The movie “Airplane” seems to have been almost prophetic in this case.


A handful of Palestinians decided to hurl rocks and Molotov cocktails at a Jewish daycare center for infants. I’m sure the UN is already planning to charge the Jewish infants with some sort of war crime.

(Israel National News)

Some employee at a radio station in New York lashed out at a career Army officer; telling him to “get a real job” and quit living off the taxpayer… Those are pretty tough words for someone who doesn’t have to get shot at in order to earn a paycheck.

(Free Beacon)

So at first we were told there was “no way” anyone had contracted Ebola from that one guy in Texas. Then there was a possible second case confirmed, but we’re still being reassured that everything is okay. In other news: roughly 100 people are currently being checked in Texas for possible exposure to Ebola.

(BBC News)

Additionally, the Obama Administration has listed no travel restrictions to, or from, countries currently suffering from the Ebola outbreak. It’s nice to see that his vision for an inclusive and welcoming US isn’t deterred by something as pesky as an incurable sickness.


Michael Schaus - In Other News: The Theological Experts at Salon Magazine Claim Jesus was a Communist
Posted: 10/1/2014 1:13:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

The first case of Ebola on US soil has been reported. But don’t worry; the CDC says it is absolutely isolated and will not spread. In other news, the second case of Ebola on US soil has just been reported…

(USA Today)

The world’s oldest clown died… And no. I’m not talking about Harry Reid.

(Billings Gazette)

Salon Magazine claims that Jesus was a Marxist. I don’t remember anything in the Bible about Jesus advocating for the confiscation of other people’s private property – but how can I possibly argue with the theological masters over at Salon? (Yeah… This would be a good place for a sarcasm font.)

(Weasel Zippers)

Another 50,000 healthcare plans are expected to be cancelled by November of this year. If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Until, ya know, it gets yanked out from under you because of an incompetent federal regulatory scheme.

(Daily Caller)

The stage, drapes, and sound system for an 18 minute Obama speech cost the taxpayers almost $100,000… Not surprisingly, the high priced sound and stage company is a favorite for Democrat politicians. (I’m clearly in the wrong business.)

(Free Beacon)

Slate magazine ran an article claiming that gravity is the latest victim of climate change… Yes, gravity. The theory is rooted on the assumption that Antarctic ice has been melting by the tons in recent years. Unfortunately for Slate (and anyone who wanted to weigh a little less) Antarctica actually has more ice than any time since satellite measurements began in 1979. But, we’re talking about global warming; so I guess we're not supposed to get hung up on facts.


Michael Schaus - In Other News: WH Daily Intel Briefings Are Optional? Obama Attends Fewer than Half
Posted: 9/30/2014 2:47:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Well, this might explain something: since his Presidency began, Obama has only attended roughly 42 percent of his daily intelligence briefings… To begin with, I think this explains that the President is a little fuzzy on the meaning of the word “daily”.


The vegan DJ/singer/songwriter Moby wrote a piece for the Huffington Post titled “Save the Humans.” Eating meat, according to Moby, is destroying the planet and killing people because it takes so much food, energy, and water to raise cattle to maturity… I’ll compromise with him: From now on, I’ll only eat veal.

(Huffington Post)

Politico wrote a hit piece called “Race and the GOP”, featuring a picture of George Wallace blocking a handful of black kids from going to an “all white” school… George Wallace was a Democrat.


Seriously? We might be running out of tomahawk missiles, according to military experts. I guess I was unaware that we had instituted an ammunition capacity rule on cruise missiles. (And why is it called a “tomahawk”? Isn’t that racist?)

(Free Bacon)

Oops…we almost bombed our allies in Syria. Experts have also lamented that there seems to be “zero communication” between the various coalition members. (England hasn’t even dropped a single bomb yet.) I guess this whole “world leader” thingy is tougher than it looks, right Obama?

(The Daily Beast)

Hey, speaking of Obama’s “coalition” being largely a political scam rather than an effective military strategy: ISIS is planning on opening its first foreign embassy…in Turkey. (Wow. With friends like this…)

(AWD News)

John Ransom - Apple Still Sweet
Posted: 9/30/2014 2:22:00 PM EST

Welcome to John Ransom’s Stocks in the News where the headlines meet the trendlines.

Click here to listen to Ransom Notes Radio live or for archives of previous shows.

Stock number one: Ebay

EBay will spin off PayPal, giving in to Carl Icahn-- LA Times

Online marketplace EBay Inc. is bowing to investor pressure by spinning off its payment business PayPal into a separate publicly-traded company by 2015.

Wall Street cheered the news Tuesday and pushed up shares of EBay by 6.8% to $56.24 in morning trading.

The move is a sharp reversal for the San Jose company, which had spent months fighting activist shareholder Carl Icahn, who had argued both businesses would benefit from a split.

Symbol: EBAY

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 17

PEG: 1.41

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Down

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold Ebay

Stock number two: Teekay Corporation

Why Deutsche Bank Upgraded Teekay --Barron's

Shares of Teekay (TK) have surged more than 15% this morning after the shipping company announced a new dividend policy after yesterday’s close. Deutsche Bank’s Amit Mehrotra think the news is good enough to be worthy of an upgrade for Teekay.

Symbol: TK

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 38

PEG: 2.21

Dividend: 4.00% +/-

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy Teekay

Stock number three: Apple

Apple’s IPhone Pay System Casts Shadow on PayPal Spinoff --Bloomberg

Apple Pay and some of the other services stand out against PayPal for a key reason. Right out of the gate, Apple Pay is ready for consumers to make transactions with their mobile devices at different merchants. That mobile-ready aspect is an area where PayPal, which has roots as a facilitator of payments through websites, hasn't been as dominant. EBay has made acquisitions to help speed the transition, including paying $800 million for mobile-payments startup Braintree last year.

Symbol: AAPL

Trailing PE: 16; Forward PE: 14

PEG: 1.30

Dividend: 2.00

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy Apple


Get the best of Townhall Finance Daily delivered straight to your inbox

Follow Townhall Finance!